Essay on Assistance For Needy Families ( Tanf )

1207 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
During the Great Depression, families struggled to make ends meet because jobs weren’t readily available. The government knew that in order for the market to revive itself, the population had to have enough money to care for basic needs. With that in mind, the government created a system that would give aid to families in need. The system is still in use today and is known as the Welfare system. First we need to understand exactly what is the welfare system.
The Welfare system that this paper focuses on is known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The Welfare system is often grouped with food stamps, housing aid, and other government assistance programs. Although these programs are forms of government aid, whenever people talk about the Welfare System they are referring to TANF. In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was signed, and TANF was created. As defined in Opposing Viewpoints, “The federal government provides grants through TANF to states to develop their welfare programs.” (Opposing Viewpoints, Welfare Reform). This puts the power of welfare into the hands of individual states. Individual states set their standards for who receives aid and who does not. But the federal government puts standards on states in order for them to receive the grant. This system is to ensure that the funds are going towards its intended purpose. TANF needs to be reformed because it removes motivation from the unemployed. It…

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